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On the white frontier in mid-nineteenth century Australia, a lone, bloodied woman arrives at a traveller’s rest in the midst of a violent desert storm with a shocking story to tell. Aborigines have allegedly murdered her husband and stolen her infant child. But an Aboriginal woman has a different story to tell. What would cause a missionary’s wife to lie? What chance does the word of an Aboriginal woman have against hers?
A chilling mystery that draws together the lives of four extraordinary women and their men, all struggling to survive in a hostile and misunderstood landscape.
- 2002 VIC Premier's Literary Award - Louis Esson Prize for Drama
- 2002 AWGIE Award - Stage Award
Cast : 4M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-740-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
ANDREW BOVELL is an award-winning writer for theatre, film and television. His AWGIE award-winning play
Speaking in Tongues has been seen throughout Australia as well as in Europe and the US and Bovell adapted it for the screen as
Lantana. Both the play and screenplay have been published by Currency along with
Scenes from a Separation (written with Hannie Rayson),
When the Rain Stops Falling and
Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, written with Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irene Vela. He currently lives in South Australia.
For a rich guide to understanding more about the work of Andrew Bovell visit the 'What I wrote'
series website where you can download Teacher's Notes, watch a trailer for the DVD and read information on the authors.
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